Summit is expected to improve teamwork among first responders during emergencies

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Deadly car crashes are something we see far too often on Nevada roads, so on Tuesday, as part of a traffic safety summit, first responders practiced working together during an emergency.

The training took place near S. Las Vegas and Silverado Ranch boulevards.

First responders were not evaluated during Monday’s drill.  It was all about seeing what worked, along with what can be done to improve when first responders are responding to one of the many deadly collisions on valley roads.

As a drill, a parking lot across the street from the South Point Casino was used as the scene of a deadly crash investigation.

Safety experts say the first step to responding to the scene of a crash is getting there safely and then checking for injuries.

“So we’ll get there as soon as we can,” said Lt. Kevin Honea with NHP during the drill. “We’ll position our cars as best we can at that time and then we will run up and render aid as best as we can.” 

Like any crash scene, it takes a multi-agency effort, including law enforcement, firefighters, and paramedics, to mention a few.

Some crashes are treated like crime scenes, including ones resulting in deaths or serious injuries.

“So we; you have to meticulously go in and diagram where every piece of evidence is in that crash scene, and there’s a lot of moving parts in that,” Lt. Honea said.

According to DPS data, so far this year, 260 people have died on Nevada roads. That’s an 11 percent increase compared to last year, and of those deaths, half of them have happened in Clark County.

“Let’s see what we can do about reducing the rates that we’ve seen here in Clark County and throughout the state this year,” said Lt. Honea.

The same statistics show that more than 50-people who died in car crashes this year were not wearing seat belts, and last year, suspected impaired drivers caused about a third of the overall road deaths. Both of these factors were incorporated in the training.

Monday was only the first day of the traffic safety summit that’s expected to last through Thursday.  The participating agencies are expected to tackle even more problems that occur on the road.

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